Richmond athlete guaranteed top 20 finish at CrossFit Games

Emily Rolfe more than holding her own in Wisconsin, winning Friday's Ruck event

Emily Rolfe is more than holding her own heading into day three at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.

The 30-year-old from Richmond is ranked 17th overall among the 131 athletes that began competing on Thursday. She also survived five separate cuts that leaves the field at just 20 for Saturday morning’s sprint event. It will be down to 10 for the final event on Sunday.

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Wolfe made a huge move when she captured Friday morning’s 6,000 metre Ruck run that required carrying escalating weights from 20 to 50 pounds over the length of the course. Wolfe won in a time of  27:09.16, finishing over two seconds ahead of overall leader Tia-Claie Toomey of Australia.


One of just three Canadians in the world class field, Rolfe secured her first-ever CrossFit appearance by capturing the Granite Games in Minnesota back in early June.

She works as a Medical Radiation Technologist at Richmond Hospital and had been training daily at Pure Payne Strength and Conditioning on Westminster Highway under her coach Isaac Payne.

To ensure all-round training, athletes don’t know what the events are at the CrossFit Games until typically a day before the competition.

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